Where the remains of the Monk Lisa

The famous painting was finished by Da Vinci in France, in 1519, shortly before the artist’s death. But the master started work a decade and a half earlier, when he was still living in his homeland, in Italy. The artist inspired this work, as modern historians and art historians believe, mona Lisa Gherardini – wife of the wealthy Florentine merchant Francesco dal Giocondo. After her husband’s death, she lived in the convent of Saint Ursula and died at the age of 63. In this monastery she was buried in 1542.

In modern times, the monastery has not fulfilled its functions for a long time and is used as a warehouse. However, from surviving documents, Italian scientists were able to establish that only two women wealthy enough for this were interred in separate crypts there. With the first task – finding entrances to crypts under a layer of concrete laid in recent decades – the Italians coped back in 2011. They were even able to retrieve from the crypt the skull of a man buried there, but the completion of the work then was not allowed by funding problems, and the excavation had to be postponed until this summer. And now Professor Silvano Vinceti (Silvano Vinceti), the head of the excavation, officially announced that archaeologists managed to find a fairly well-preserved skeleton belonging to a woman. To determine that these are the remains of the mona Lisa dal Giocondo, scientists plan to conduct a DNA examination, for comparison taking the remains of her two children buried in the Florentine church of St. Annunciation.

If speculation about the belonging of the remains found by Italian undertakers is confirmed, scientists will try to recreate the woman’s face by the skull recovered from the crypt. Perhaps in this way it will be possible to disprove or confirm several existing versions of what other women posed to the master.

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